Imperial Dunes Sunset – California

Imperial Dunes Sunset - California

Imperial Dunes Sunset – California

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Driving along Hwy. 78, a two lane road through the desert on my way back to Los Angeles I saw sand dunes in the distance. When I reached a road going in to the south up a steep hill, I took it. I pulled over at the top, grabbed my camera bag and began walking through the dunes until I found something situated west of me that intrigued my eye. The tripod was set, camera with quick release securely attached, and I looked through the viewfinder to find where I wanted to put four corners around the sinuous lines of these luxuriously formed dunes. According to my iPhone there were two hours until sunset so I flopped in the warm sand on my back to temper the chill of the gusty February air. As the sun began slipping behind the dunes, I again looked through the viewfinder thinking the scene was absolutely perfect. That’s when a woman began walking into my frame along the ridgeline from left to right stopping just shy of the peak of the highest dune and faced west for perfect composition. Now the scene was perfect!!!…and I am eternally grateful for her holding her pose until the colors reached maximum saturation.

Copyright 2017, O. Bisogno Scotti, All Rights Reserved

Nikon D810 DSLR AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D, exposure:  f/6.3, 1/6 sec., ISO 64,  exposure program: Aperture Priority, shutter: M-up mode, Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote, Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3047 studio head, capture date and time: 2/08/2017, 6:48 pm, post processing: HDR 32-bit image file.

9 thoughts on “Imperial Dunes Sunset – California

  1. I have always considered sand dunes as rather mystical, graceful and elegant in form. So substantial and discriminative in appearance. But it’s all an illusion. Just the stirring of the slightest breeze can completely alter their appearance. It has always amazed me that these monuments consist of the most infinitesimal grains of sand. So fragile and delicate. Yet appearing substantial and specific.

    You have captured this illusion exquisitely. But you weren’t satisfied with just that. You waited for the entourage of color of the setting sun to arrive and embrace the atmosphere. And the woman. How did she find her way to that ridge? Are you sure you didn’t conjure her up and place her there yourself…so perfectly? It wouldn’t surprise me if you did.

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  2. Sometimes words are hard to find to say just how an image makes you feel. That sunset brought tears to my eyes and took my breath away because it is so spectacular. It is off the chart”.

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